Clog without fear and the world is your oyster

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Make It Four

Okay, this was outed in the comments on Will’s post, so I’ll just put it here where everyone can see. One of the reasons (there are several) that I have done so little posting...

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A Clear Misunderstanding

We had a clear understanding. There was a scheduled c-section on Monday. It is apparently the case that not-quite-newborns don’t abide my mutual understandings. Heading to the hospital…

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Visiting Heaven

Eban Alexander has journeyed to heaven and returned to tell the tale. In addition to writing an upcoming book, he chose to publish his private revelation in the pages of Newsweek. He’s a neurosurgeon,...

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Dog Bites Man

Truth be told, I couldn’t tell them apart either…

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Meanwhile in Asia…

Some tidbits from the past week or so. The Bank of Japan has declared it’s going to miss its 1% inflation goal, with real inflation being stuck somewhere between 0.5 – 0.8% for the...

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Unpacking The Binders

Legends are more interesting and more attractive than the reality underneath them. And sometimes, things are said that inadvertently reveal a great deal more than the speaker intends. So, quoth Mitt Romney in last night’s debate: …I...

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Consulates are not Embassies and Other Musings on Benghazi…

Because I’m feeling a bit churlish this morning, I’m inclined to go into nitpick mode. First, I’m a bit tired of people using the terms “embassy” and “consulate” as if they’re interchangeable and blithely making...

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Governor Romney and the Ladies Fair

If Republicans ever want to win the women vote, they really need to stop talking about women.  They are just terrible at it. One of the more surprising poll trends coming into last night’s...

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Conservatives and Science

While there are plenty of areas where I disagree with my side of the aisle, nothing stands out as much as the troubled relationship that conservatives have with science. This includes a refusal to...

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Two Debates; Two Observations

Let me frame my observations with some disclosure: I would describe myself as a pro-commerce liberal. I favor workmen’s comp; I opposed mandatory employer-paid, non work-related disability insurance (required here in NYS). I oppose...

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Nassau County is Not an Obama Love-fest

I have heard it suggested, in our own backyard and countless times on Twitter, that Obama had a homefield advantage because the debate was in New York. Thus, he got softball questions. Please set conspiracy theories...

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Town Hall Debate: Ten Points

Why I bothered to watch I don’t know. I filled out my absentee ballot and mailed it in yesterday. But I resolved to offer ten points for discussion about the debate tonight, and here...

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The Candidates on Guns

Romney supported an Assaault Weapons Ban because both sides wanted it. Obama wants an Assault Weapons Ban because there are automatic weapons on our streets. *sigh*

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Who’s Going to Demand Full Employment?

Recently, a print-only Jacobin article from Chris Maisano inspired a worthwhile discussion between Shawn Gude and Matt Yglesias over full employment, a “moderate idea with radical implications,” as Yglesias put it. (Mike Konczal had a good...

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Hey Joel, where you been?

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan, I happened upon the new Internet series by Jerry Seinfeld, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  The premise is pretty much what you’d expect, and the episodes lean more on great conversation...